Up to 3.7 million over-75s to pay licence fee

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UP to 3.7 million pensioners who previously received a free TV licence will now have to pay for it.

The BBC will scrap blanket free licences for over-75s, but households with one person who receives Pension Credit will still be eligible.

The BBC said “fairness” was at the heart of the ruling, which comes into force in June 2020.

It follows a consultation with 190,000 people, of which 52% were in favour of reforming or abolishing free licences.

According to the BBC, around 900,000 households are claiming Pension Credit, which is is a non-taxable weekly top up for pensioners based on a person’s income.

The number of households which could be eligible to apply for Pension Credit could number 1.5 million by 2020.

The BBC Board said it was the “fairest option to help the poorest pensioners”.

BBC chairman David Clementi said it had been a “very difficult decision”.
“We think it’s fair to those over 75 but also to all our audiences for whom there was no appetite for the level of cuts that would have been necessary if the concession had been extended,” he added.

“There are people for whom this will be unwelcome news, who have not paid until now but will do so.
“We know we have a loyal audience over the age of 75 and we think many of them will understand the difficult position we are in.”

2 Responses to "Up to 3.7 million over-75s to pay licence fee"

  1. big noise   June 10, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    The Tories never cease to be believed, Boris offers tax reductions to those earning over £50k (who he believes could keep him in Government should he win the leadership battle, when the next General Election comes around). Then they want to use OAP’s cash, many who can ill afford a TV licence to pay for the fat cats tax reductions!

  2. big noise   June 10, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    The Tories never cease to be believed, Boris offers tax reductions to those earning over £50k (who he believes could keep him in Government should he win the leadership battle, when the next General Election comes around). Then they want to use OAP’s cash, many who can ill afford a TV licence to pay for the fat cats tax reductions!

    It might not sound a like much of a sacrifice but that is approximately £0.5billion.

    Comfotably paying the deb, for the fat cats to increase their wealth.

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